For the last 33 years, and on the last weekend of September, the Old Timers Club of Xenia, Ohio, has held its annual show on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. Although we were hit once by a tornado, we still put on a great show.
The show starts on Friday, and it always includes demonstrations of past agricultural practices. We thresh wheat with a 1944 22-inch by 40-inch Huber threshing machine, and Bill Finkbone has his portable sawmill working sawing wood. Club members also made ice cream, using old engines to power the ice cream freezers. And 20 sheep were shorn in a demonstration of what's become a nearly lost art in this part of the country.
About every tractor make was present, and this year's feature tractor was Ford. A 1953 Golden Jubilee Ford in perfect condition was on hand.
There are too many old engines to mention, but a few specific ones stick out, including: a 1913 15 HP Reid; an 1887 4 HP Dayton gas engine; a 1910 Seager (Olds) 3 HP engine; a 1912 4 HP Foos; a 1904 4 HP Ohio Motor Co. engine; a 1938 John Deere Series E 1-1/2 HP; a 1912 2-1/2 HP Foos (no. 39243) connected to a Mast-Foos pump jack made in Springfield, Ohio; a 1926 Domestic 4 HP; a 1914 Domestic 1-1/2 HP; a 1914 Majestic 4 HP; and a 1906 IH Famous 2 HP. Many more engines were present, all in various conditions.
A great show, and we hope to see you in 2004.
Contact engine enthusiast Ken Butterworth at: 2821 Wilmington Road, Lebanon, OH 45036; (513) 932-1837; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org